Quarterback Michael Strauss and receiver Stephen Barnette will both miss the remainder of the 2014 football season because of injuries, according to Richmond football’s Twitter page.
Strauss suffered a fractured ankle two weeks ago against Albany, and he originally believed he would miss only two weeks. Barnette suffered a torn ACL this weekend against Rhode Island.
Strauss was selected to the Walter Payton Award watch list before this season — the award is given to the best player in the FCS league. Michael Rocco, who played well in a 37-0 shutout of Rhode Island this weekend, will remain the starter for the Spiders.
Barnette was selected to the preseason all-conference team following his stellar 2013 season. He led the conference with 1,189 receiving yards and 76 receptions last year, and was a second-team all-CAA selection.
The Spiders will miss both of these players, and will need to find ways to compensate the losses quickly if they are going to stay in the hunt for a conference championship.
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